Dating and testing tips


11-Jun-2016 05:15

Tracking and controlling transmission are already tricky since the disease manifests as a small painless lesion about a month after exposure.Nicknamed the “The Great Pretender,” it can cause a head-scratching constellation of symptoms or none at all, depending on the stage.It is important for dating apps to promote STD awareness and prevention, says Philip Chan, the director of the HIV/STD Testing and Prevention Services at the Miriam Hospital Immunology Center in Rhode Island.Gay dating apps in particular are starting to do more of this, he said.“The majority of (syphilis) cases are among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men,” Chan said.“We will go on (social media), use public information and find ways to track people using their handles.”Such partnerships are important, both Hsu and Chan of Rhode Island say.However, they must be built upon strong state and local screening, prevention and treatment efforts.From 2014 to 2015 alone, the number of syphilis cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rose by 17.7%, from 63,453 to 74,702.

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They then track down and notify those partners — discreetly, Hsu added, in a way that keeps the source of information anonymous.

Technology has complicated matters even further, said Katherine Hsu, the medical director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Division of STD Prevention & HIV/AIDS Surveillance.



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